Isabella Lake, CA and Monterey/Carmel accommodation
Replies: 10 - Last Post: Apr 24, 2013 7:12 AM Last Post By: congochris
Apr 20, 2013 9:49 AM
Isabella Lake, CA and Monterey/Carmel accommodationHi all,
I'm looking for a decent place to stay for a night or two with my wife, in the Isabella Lake, CA area (within about a 10 mile radius, though can be a bit flexible) and Monterey/Carmel area (similar radius would be ok). Ideally around the $100 a night mark - could go a bit more, but the cheaper the better. Preferably somewhere with a bit of character, not just another motel. Will consider anything, but not camping this time. Mid-May. Any recommendations anyone?
Thanks a million!
Apr 20, 2013 1:54 PM
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Apr 20, 2013 9:40 PM
Apr 20, 2013 10:01 PM
4There are only a couple places in Lake Isabella, and they are barely adequate. Kernville, about 10 miles north has more and better options, and its cooler up there with several places right on the river, There are also cabins and such for rent too. If your looking for something more secluded, there are several more lodges located along the river further north of town about 5-10 miles. Kernville Inn is nice, check it out and others on Trip Advisor. $100 wont get you too much in Carmel, Monterey will give you more options in your pricerange. Seaside, just north of Monterey has some inexpensive options also.
Apr 21, 2013 2:51 AM
5Thanks for the info so far guys. Kernville looks exactly what we're after for the Isabella area, and the Kernville Inn looks great, so many thanks for that recomm. As for the Monterey/Carmel area, Asilomar does look good, though a little more than we had in mind. However, appreciate what a few of you have said about limited options in that sort of price range, and we suspected it might have been a bit of big ask. We'll take a look at some of the options for elsewhere in the trip and see if we can free up some funds. Overall, we were hoping to not book all our accomodation for this trip, hoping to allow at least a bit of spontaneity with seeing where the road takes us, in between set destinations. However, we're booking the more popular places and in/near national parks, and it's rapidly becoming pretty well-defined. Is it worth chancing our luck in the Monterey/Carmel area (we'll be there 6th/7th May) or should we definitely be booking here too?
Apr 21, 2013 6:35 AM
6I think you'll be fine without a reservation in Carmel/Monterey as its not the popular travel time (unless there is some specific event happening then), You'll get better options arriving earlier in the day rather then late at night. You can also book a place online that morning once you know when you will be there. I have reserved places online from the parkiing lot of the hotel to take adavntage of discount internet rates. However most hotels/motels reservations can be cancelled up to the day of the reservation, so it might not hurt to book it now and cancel it later if need be. Just double check the hotels cancellatiion policy as sometimes you need 24-48 hours notice. You could also consider using one of the name-your-own-price websites like on Priceline to prebook something in your price range for Carmel if you really want to spend the night there, though of course onces its booked you cant cancel
Apr 21, 2013 6:44 AM
Apr 21, 2013 7:07 AM
8In the Monterey area, take a look at the town of Seaside, which is north of Monterey. You will find some less expensive motels there. Some are beachfront.
The former Ft. Ord military base was there and the town had a rather seedy reputation. However, with the establishment of a university and a park on the base, the town is now described by the local visitors bureau as "up and coming" which is probably fair. I'd still check out TripAdvisor reviews before committing ot a place--especially an extremely cheap one. There are a numbe of chain motels as well as some mom-and-pop places.
This recent thread is about Asilomar, among other things.
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Apr 23, 2013 4:04 PM
9Thanks again for the info guys. Got a few shortlisted now in Monterey and Kernville to run by the good wife.
On a similar note, we're heading from the Big Sur area to Kings Canyon NP. We've not identified much we want to see between the two, so have more or less decided that this will just be a long driving day and we'll see how close to the park we can get. Ideally at least Fresno so we can jump into the park on 180 early the next day. So 2 things really:
-is there much worth seeing between the coast and the park? (I know this will attract the usual complaints of "not enough info" and "that's a massive area-of course there's stuff worth seeing" but hey, I thought I'd live life dangerously!
-Any good places to stay within, say, 50 miles of Fresno (any direction but south I guess to avoid detouring) which can serve as a good stopover after the drive from the coast and prior to getting into kings canyon? Budget $100-$150, most varieties considered, clean-comfy-rustic is the ideal. Not heard amazing things about Fresno so no particular need or desire to pay it a visit
Thanks a lot guys!
Apr 24, 2013 7:12 AM
10There isn't a whole lot to see between the mountains and the Big Sur. It will also depend on which route you will take, Carmel Valley in the North, Hwy 46 in the south, or if you will attempt the slow, rocky Naciemento road. The Pinaacles Monument has now been made into a National park . http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pinnacles_National_Park . There is the old Spanish Mission in San Miguel, noth of Paso Robles http://www.missionsanmiguel.org/ , and the old mission southwest of King City on what is now a US military base http://missionsanantonio.net/ (Though call ahead due to staffing situations, and access is ocasionally restricted during manouvers or high threat alerts.). Also dont discount Fresno totaly, the Frostiere underground gardens are interesting if your passing through http://undergroundgardens.com/ There is also a good brewery there. However Visalia does have nicer motel options than Fresno IMO, though I cant remember any names to recommend. There are also a few places in Three Rivers, putting you closer to the park for next days adventures.
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